Town Portal 4 (Photo by Mads Ogstrup Nielsen)

EXCLUSIVE // Watch Town Portal perform their track ‘Archright’ in a blistering live session…

It’s hard not to gush about Town Portal, whose three albums thus far have blended sludge, post-metal and math rock into a riffy, angular soup. The three-piece has ever excelled at dark, moody music based on hypnotic rhythmic interplay between bright guitar, tight drum grooves and earthy, thudding basslines. Seriously, just listen to these basslines.

EXCLUSIVE // Instrumental math rock trio concrete concrete blend complexity and emotion in their new single ‘Iris Sky’

Math rock is a genre of excess, of indulgence. It is a genre that, due to the weight of its complexity and technicality, is susceptible to becoming overwhelming in the average listener. So often it is that the listener becomes lost, cast away from the musical narrative and this, unfortunately, makes the genre susceptible to not being taken seriously...

EXCLUSIVE // Bobbing offers up a surge of psychedelic math-pop with his new album ‘Thank You for Singing to Me’

In 2016, Feed Me Jack released their magnum opus Ultra Ego and subsequently called it quits. The album proved to be the most bittersweet of swansongs; it took the ears and hearts of math rockers worldwide. Just as their destinies as a game-changing band became a likelihood, the project came apart. Here was a band that was in touch with the delicate balance between technicality and emotion. And then 'here' turned to 'there'.